2nd Thought

Oh Say, Can You Hear?

DAN MCGRAW
In 1983, I was sitting on the couch at my father’s house watching the National Basketball Association All-Star game in Los Angeles. Don’t remember much about the game, but I do remember the national anthem.


Reality Bites

E. R. BILLS
I have a 6-year-old son. A couple of weeks ago, he got spooked while we were watching The Day After Tomorrow. In fact, during the scene that depicted the tornados in Los Angeles, he ran out of the living room and hid.



Lipstick on a Poison Pig

DON YOUNG
What a difference a day makes. Or does it? In light of Saturday’s gas well tragedy in Forest Hill that killed one man and displaced hundreds of families, Mayor Mike Moncrief responded that it was too early to tell if the ...


What’s in Your Mini-Skirt?

DAN MCGRAW
I’ve never really understood the whole cheerleading thing. Like that controversy in Southlake recently when young girls and their parents went crazy because some girls didn’t make the team and couldn’t shake t...



Live! Who Cares?

TRACY EVERBACH
Car crashes, murders, and fires are local tv reporters’ bread and butter on Saturday nights. But on April Fools Day – no joke – assignment editors sent Bert Lozano of WFAA-TV/Channel 8 and Brett Johnson of KXA...


A Letter on School Funding

DAVE MCNEELY
Dear Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst: Gov. Rick Perry has called the Texas Legislature into special session to begin April 17. And after months of saying he would limit the session to shuffling the tax system to lower local property ta...



A New Landmark, Please

KEVIN BUCHANAN
Dear XTO Energy, Hi. You don’t know me, but I live in downtown Fort Worth. I’m familiar with you, not through any vast knowledge of natural gas exploration and drilling, but from the work you’ve done to the bu...


Tea Time

NATHAN VAIL
A couple of hundred years ago, a bunch of colonists – including some of my ancestors – fought a revolution to win freedom from, among other things, taxation without representation. It may be getting close to that ti...



Hey, Homies Front Me Some Ear

E. R. BILLS
I am a white guy – milky white. When I was growing up just outside Fort Worth, there were only four or five African-American kids in my entire school. I was friends with all of them, but my childhood was still about as &#...


Lassoing Kinky

REYNA GOBEL
Back in the 1920s and ’30s, Will Rogers had a plan for everything from fixin’ the national debt to staying out of whatever war came along.